Why is my Mac so slow? Why does it take forever to startup? Why does it freeze and throw beach balls at me every time I want to do a even a bit of multi-tasking? Why won’t my Mac work like normal? If you are frustrated by one, some or all of these questions, here’s a post that offers solutions to the question “Why is my Mac running slow”
Why is my Mac so slow all of a sudden!?
Simple fix – Using easy to use software to fix your slow Mac!
When you first bought your Mac home, it had no user data. All it had was system data that is nothing but OS X data that is needed to run the operating system. The moment you plug in your Mac and boot it up, all kinds of user data is churned up. Logs, caches, binary files, documents that you save, edit, copy etc all start to gradually but steadily build up. There is a very good chance that your Mac didn’t slow down days after you brought it home from the store, right?. There is a very good chance it did’t slow down after a few weeks either.
But, over months, this user data can start to suffocate your Mac’s hard disk. especially if all that clog is accumulating in the OS X Partition of your Mac, otherwise known as the partition on your hard drive where your OS X is installed.
The good news is that this is very, very fixable, and very easy as well. In fact, this simple fix is one of the leading fixes for most of the mac running slow problems out there. All you need is a easy click to use software that will fix this particular issue with the help of just two clicks. A program like Clean My Mac 3 is one such program, highly respected by the Mac user community, having worn awards from leading tech sites like Cnet, About.com, Tucows, just to name a few. The program eliminates logs, unnecessary junk like binaries, language files, caches and other such file systems that are of no use to your Mac. When it finds and deleted such junk, your Mac’s hard disk has more breathing space.
When your Mac’s hard drive can breathe better, it is able to help your Mac’s RAM, giving it a helping hand as additional memory that will in turn assist the processor. You see, the thing is that a Mac or any other computer for that matter is designed to use the hard disk as secondary memory that will assist RAM, the primary source of memory. Load your hard disk to the tilt and your RAM and processor will without a doubt struggle as there is no secondary memory for your processor to work with, should RAM run out during a system or user initiated process.
This is where Clean My Mac 3 can really help you. It is a program that comes with a free trial that you can check out to see if it can fix your Mac. All it takes is a couple of clicks and about 10-20 minutes when it runs in the background, cleaning up your Mac’s hard drive and freeing up valuable OS X partition disk space that will in turn dramatically help your Mac’s processor performance.
Why is my Mac so slow to boot up?
If your why is my Mac so slow all of a sudden question only related to the boot-up process, which seems to be taking forever, the fix below should most probably give you a permanent solution.
When your Mac boots up, a lot of things happen. Your OS X checks a million things to make sure your computer is set up to work right. Additionally, it also has to load up programs that you might have set to start up when you start your Mac.
For example, if you have weather widgets that always show you what temperature it is outside, this is a user-set startup process that begins right when you boot up your Mac. While things like weather widgets are convenient to use, having many such startup processes can start to slow down your Mac’s boot up time, sometimes quite significantly.
Another problem with boot-up is that some software programs automatically configure themselves to run at start up when you install them, even though you don’t always need them running in the background.
This is why it makes sense to edit your Mac’s startup list from time to time, to help you figure out why your Mac is so slow when booting up.
To edit your startup list, go to System Preferences – System – Users and Groups (Select the User Name you use) – Login Items and skim through the list of programs that automatically start up. Remove as many items as you can from this list. Remember that all of these program will remain installed on your Mac, even if you boot them off this list. You can then always call them up by just double clicking on the icon for the program, through OS X.
Don’t delete, only uninstall!
If you didn’t want an application on your Mac and just deleted the software’s folder, you didn’t do it right. Why is my mac so slow, that too all of a sudden for no reason? Maybe because you deleted a bunch of programs instead of uninstalling them. Deleting isn’t the same as uninstalling. When you just delete an application’s files, you are doing more harm than good as you will not be getting rid of system generated data related to that application. Your OS X will have a lot of logs, caches and registry entries that will continue to exist even after you delete an application’s files.
However, if you uninstalled an app or program that you don’t want, you are removing all traces of it, meaning that you are letting your OS X know that you absolutely don’t need this program.
Clean My Mac 3, mentioned in the first point, has a fantastic uninstaller that allows you to select programs that you want to uninstall with just a click, then uninstalling such programs with all but just a click. Don’t delete but uninstall the program, preferably with a program like Clean My Mac 3.
Keep Mac OS X updated
Apple very regularly rolls out updates to its OS X. Whether you have slow El Capitan, Yosemite or Mavericks or one of the older versions, chances are that an update could be around the corner. An update usually provides your Mac with patches and code improvements that can substantially improve Mac performance.
So, sometimes, why is my mac so slow is a question that is simply answered with an OS X update. It is recommended that you keep OS X updates automatic on your Mac. To do this, go to Apple Menu – Software Update – Check box for automatic updates. Once you do this, your Mac will notify you of all updates available, as and when they are available in the future. It will also prompt you to update your OS X if an update is readily available at that moment.
Shut down your Mac once in a while
If you are one of those users who believes in always putting your Mac to “sleep” rather than shut it down, it is time to change that habit. Shutting down your Mac once or twice a week can mean that important system processes can be corrected, something that may happen only when your Mac restarts.
Since your Mac doesn’t restart when you bring it back from sleep, it is important that you remember this tip. If you ask why is my mac so slow not suddenly but only after sleep, this tip is your solution. All you need to do is shut down and restart.
Repair disk permissions to speed up your Mac
Why is my mac so slow? Maybe because you haven’t repaired the disk! Well, we aren’t talking about a physical disk repair. We are talking about disk permissions repair. This will work only when applicable but when it does, it can do wonders for your Mac’s performance. To run a disk permissions repair, go to Applications – Utilities – Disk Utility – Select Hard Drive – Verify Disk Permissions – Repair Disk Permissions (After scan is complete). Don’t worry. Even if nothing is wrong with your disk permissions, running a repair of disk permissions will not do any harm.
Once this process is done, restart your Mac to see if it runs faster.
We hope at least one if not many of the above solutions helped you answer your question as to why is my mac so slow? If not, please do read the home page for more tips. The home page is geared more towards fixing Mac performance issues specifically related to El Capitan but it can certainly give you a few extra ideas about what you can do. So, to conclude, if you still ask why is my mac so slow or if you are still moping around because of mac running slow problems, don’t worry, it is most probably very, very fixable. If your Mac slowed down suddenly, one of these fixes should have invariably fixed it. If not, please contact us using the comment box below and we will try to help you individually.